Take a Deep Breath, Pentagon

Posted on November 3, 2011


via Danger Room

By Spencer Ackerman

Don’t believe the poverty story that the service chiefs brought to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday morning, shortly after McHugh ended his breakfast meeting. The so-called “sequestration” process that the chiefs fear, whereby automatic congressional cuts decimate the Pentagon budget — in Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s memorable phrase, “this goofy meataxe scenario” — is way less automatic than advertised. Even if the military’s nightmare comes to pass, there are lots of ways the Pentagon can still save its bloated budget, much like the kids on Elm Street always stave off Freddy Krueger.